infinitejest: (true blood: eric is high-maintenance)
I have been absent far too long! But that's what happens when assignments come due and there is a local con to get to: I've been spending every spare moment writing or working, for the most part, with a quick visit to Faerie Escape Atlanta last weekend. It's another 10-hour shift at work today but, before I go, have a drabble I wrote for TrueBlood100's 19th challenge, "Instinct."

Title: Through Death, and What Pam Found There
Rating: PG-13.
Characters/Pairings: Pam/Eric.
Word Count: 120.
Spoilers: None, really, as this takes place about a century ago.
Disclaimer: Neither True Blood nor the Southern Vampire Mysteries are my sandboxes; I just like playing in them. All fun, no profit.
Summary: Pam seeks a Wonderland in the garden, and finds herself tripping through the rabbit hole into death and beyond.

Drabble behind the cut. )
infinitejest: (true blood: eric is high-maintenance)
Before tonight's episode, I thought it might be fun to step back and enjoy the FULL-ON DOUBLE RAINBOW that is the fucked-upness of the courtship of Tara Thornton by Franklin Mott.

I'm not saying that spoiler )... just pointing out that spoiler ).

I'm not saying that spoiler )... just pointing out that spoiler ).

There is no way in which this picspam is dial-up friendly. Also, this totally breaks my Livejournal style, but I don't have time to fix it right now. If you'd like to read it in an unbroken style, you can view it at Dreamwidth.

Thanks to [profile] deny1984 at [profile] midnight_road for the caps!

PICSPAM OF DOOM... in no way friendly to dial-up! )

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infinitejest: (true blood: eric is high-maintenance)
Title: Disposal Procedures, Step 1: Appropriate Footwear
Rating: PGish for the barest suggested sexuality.
Characters/Pairings: Pam, Jessica; hint of Pam/Jessica.
Word Count: 107
Spoilers: Spoilers for 3.1 in that it references Jessica's plight covered in that episode; my drabble deviates from the established story, however.
Disclaimer: Neither True Blood nor the Southern Vampire Mysteries are my sandboxes; I just like playing in them. All fun, no profit.
Summary: Pam's vanity for shoes extends to encompass her associates.

Drabble behind the cut. )
infinitejest: (community: crazy pharaoh)
Day 24 - Best quote

Another difficult and poorly-worded topic! Do I share my favorite quotes? Or the quotes which I think are the best? And in what way best? Most dramatic? Funny? Philosophical? Most representative? I don't know, and I couldn't decide. Also, the sheer amount of work it'd take to ponder each of my favorite shows enough to dredge up favorite quotes? Not an attractive prospect.

In the end, Quixote and I decided to share those quotes most quoted around our household. To wit:


"Pod 6 is jerks!"
-Captain Murphy, Sealab 2021.
I couldn't find a link to any video, so here's an Ode to Captain Murphy instead.

"Bullshit! God has horns."
-Terry, True Blood.
1:18-1:20. Link contains spoilers for True Blood S2.

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."
- Captain Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

"And what do you say to a cup?"
"Feck off, cup!"
- Mrs. Doyle and Father Jack, Father Ted.

"Bowties are cool."
- The Doctor, Doctor Who.

I'm not sure what that says about us, but there you have it.

30 Days of TV: The List )
infinitejest: (true blood: eric is high-maintenance)
I posted last week about the first five True Blood minisodes, briefly analyzing the themes I felt they invoked and also writing a bit about where I felt the story was going. (This included spoilers from Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries series.)

Now, I've finally watched the final installment:

This scene immediately follows Jason spoilers for the end of S2 ). It's incredibly recursive, dense with flashbacks of the first two seasons, as memories of Jason's past mistakes and experiences boil through his mind. Jason, as Jason is so good at doing, freaks out incoherently. In the closing moments of the minsode, we see two eyes regarding him from the underbrush.

Spoilers for the books and so, probably, for the show. Includes my predictions for S3. )

Okay, that's enough noodling around for the night. Have I mentioned that I love my cracktastic vampire soap opera?
infinitejest: (true blood: eric is high-maintenance)
Over the past several weeks, HBO has been airing True Blood minisodes online. If you're into the show, you should definitely watch them: the HBO site is horribly unwieldy, unfortunately, so I'd recommend checking them out on YouTube instead.

These 3-5 minute minisodes have been fleshing out the end of S2 with little moments that happened off-screen, preparing us for the in media res beginning to S3. I think they're doing more than that, of course: I think they're also invoking themes that will be important throughout the new season.

Fair warning: spoilers for the minisodes are uncut since I'm discussing them. Watch them at the links before reading. There are spoilers for S2, the very beginning of S3, and book-spoilers behind the cuts.

"Eric and Pam"
If the show were tied more closely to the books, you'd expect Eric and Pam to be interviewing new bartenders: Fangtasia does tend to go through them once Sookie becomes a regular feature of their (un)lives. Instead, they're interviewing dancers and this seems largely designed to spoiler ).

The intentions here seem pretty obvious: the minisode comforts us that Jessica is still a good person inside, softening the rawness of seeing her spoiler for end of S2 ). It also highlights her mischief, pointing out that, good or not, she's still going to go astray.

"Sookie, Tara, and Lafayette"
I really hate it when they show Sookie and Tara fighting: it tends to get pretty damn ugly. Sookie's touchiness in response to Tara's questioning of Bill's finances (and the part of his life that secures those finances) possibly foreshadows the discovery of a whole side of Bill Compton that she knows nothing about. This would jive with the novels, considering spoiler ).

Here we see Sam desperately trying to destroy the symbol of the Maenad's power, before finally desecrating it in puerile fashion. Well, given he's a shifter, I suppose it's not that puerile: it is how a dog marks his property, after all. In any case, I think this emphasizes Sam's need to take control of his fate, and that slots in nicely with the trailers that suggest he's seeking out his birth family.

This was the best minisode, hands down: it is hilarious and eminently quotable. I think it slightly invokes more consideration of those shadowy sides of Bill by depicting his willingness to glamour a human for such a relatively simple benefit. As much as I resented them downplaying Eric to play up Bill (as compared to the book characters), I'll be sad to see them tear Vampire Bill down even a bit.

There was one last minisode released just last night about Jason, but I haven't had a chance to watch it yet. I'll make another post reflecting on it and the trailers sometime this weekend, after I've had a chance to finish my re-watch of S2.

For those of you who've watched all the minisodes: thoughts?
infinitejest: (true blood: eric is high-maintenance)
I just recently finished reading Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris, the 10th Sookie Stackhouse novel. I'm not really prepared to give a comprehensive review: suffice it to say that the books have declined in overall quality over the years, while improving in desirable Eric/Sookie interactions. I keep hoping that Harris will weave an actual narrative once more, instead of giving us what she has for the past several novels: a sort of repetitive "Sookie Stackhouse: this is your life!" series of episodes.

That said, I am pleased to see that Sookie is actually developing as a character. And I would go on, but I'm having carpal tunnel issues, so I'll just cut to the point of this post.

There's a scene in the book where Sookie is speaking to Pam on the phone and Pam says something so hilariously unexpected that I had to turn it into a GIF. And so I have, below the cut, using an image of the gorgeous Kristin Bauer in True Blood.

Pam GIF below the cut! )
infinitejest: (true blood: eric is high-maintenance)
I swear I'm not trying to make this the "all Alexander Skarsgard all the time!" channel, but I'm supposed to be writing a term paper right now and so my distractions are shiny and simple.

So, when my friend J points out this photo shoot for V Man?

I can't help but share with you my thought processes:
Picture 1: LOL! Skarsgard, honey, you are such a doofus.
Picture 2: Ha, bedhead! It also looks like he just woke up and is all "Wot? Do I smell bacon?"

At this point, the fact that I'd thought about his sleep-tousled hair and his breakfast proclivities caught up with me and my mind derailed. The shutdown of my higher thought functions was complete by the time I got to this picture.

If I were Jayne, I'd sign off on this post by saying I'd be in my bunk. Except I'm not, and there is this paper to be written, so instead I'll just drift off with eyes slightly glazed.
infinitejest: (true blood: eric is high-maintenance)
This is mainly for my beloved [personal profile] crowley and [personal profile] blueinsideout's benefit... after all, none one of us can get enough of Eric. ;)

Speaking just for myself, though: I also can't get enough of Pam. She's just my type, too.

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